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Old 07-21-2021, 12:01 PM
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Mine's an MKI Bull Barrel. It's astonishingly accurate compared with my other .22 pistols (with the obvious exception of the Victor). I like the way it feels in the hand and the trigger isn't bad at all. I bought it over 50 years ago and love the piece.

Now. Sometime in the 1980s a good friend bought a new, ss MKII, the slender barrel target model. I liked that pistol but that has been my sole experience with any other MK model. I'm interested in hearing from any others with MKI experience AND experience/knowledge of the MKII specifically or subsequent models. Right now I have absolutely no basis for a comparison. Thanks.

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Old 07-21-2021, 12:28 PM
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I learned to shoot with a Mk I back in college. I later bought a Mk II bull barrel, other than the bolt hold open, I never noticed a difference.

I believe that most .22s are far more accurate than the shooter. I did some bench rest tests with a Mk II year ago and I found that it was capable of X-ring groups at 50 ft, standard indoor bullseye distance. The ammo didn't seem to matter.

I like the Mk II enough that I had three of them until about a month ago when I gave one to my daughter.
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Old 07-21-2021, 12:42 PM
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I have a 1968 RST with the 6" barrel that is very accurate. I also have three Mark II's that are also very accurate. A 6 7/8' Competition Target, a 5 1/2" Stainless Bull Barrel and a blue 5 1/2" bull barrel and enjoy shooting them all. I find myself carrying the RST and the blue target most of the time when I go in the woods scouting, hunting or riding my atv. Not a noticeable difference in accuracy but I believe that the Comp Target can be the most accurate of the four with a little tinkering.
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:03 PM
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I have 3 MK IIs A SS Comp Target , a SS Govt Target, both 6-7/8 and a Blue Bull Target 5-1/2 . all 3 shoot better than me. very accurate and all 3 are bone stock. I love the MK IIs.
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:41 PM
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I shoot 2 SS Mark II's, and they are so much fun to shoot. I have tweaked them, and they shoot much straighter than I can hold. They are well built, and I guess my daughters will get them when I'm gone, they just don't know it yet.

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The biggest improvements of the MKII vs. the MKI:

1) 10 shot magazine vs. 9 shot.
2) Chamber can be cleared without needing to take the safety off.
3) Last shot hold open vs. counting rounds fired to avoid dry fire.
4) Spring retains the trigger pin vs. a (tiny) E-clip.
5) More barrel configurations to choose from.
6) Later builds were factory drilled & tapped for adding optics.

Accuracy and quality is excellent for both - MKI and MKII models.

Note- Ruger started making chambers a bit looser after the MKII runs were complete.
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Old 07-22-2021, 07:56 AM
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I traded a Mk I for my bull barrel SS Mk II, wish I had kept the Mk I and just bought the Mk II outright. :-(

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Old 07-22-2021, 09:00 AM
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The biggest improvements of the MKII vs. the MKI:

1) 10 shot magazine vs. 9 shot.
2) Chamber can be cleared without needing to take the safety off.
3) Last shot hold open vs. counting rounds fired to avoid dry fire.
4) Spring retains the trigger pin vs. a (tiny) E-clip.
5) More barrel configurations to choose from.
6) Later builds were factory drilled & tapped for adding optics.

Accuracy and quality is excellent for both - MKI and MKII models.

Note- Ruger started making chambers a bit looser after the MKII runs were complete.
The MKII also has scalloping at the end of the receiver to facilitate pulling the bolt back.
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Old 07-22-2021, 10:02 AM
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The biggest improvements of the MKII vs. the MKI:

1) 10 shot magazine vs. 9 shot.
2) Chamber can be cleared without needing to take the safety off.
3) Last shot hold open vs. counting rounds fired to avoid dry fire.
4) Spring retains the trigger pin vs. a (tiny) E-clip.
5) More barrel configurations to choose from.
6) Later builds were factory drilled & tapped for adding optics.

Accuracy and quality is excellent for both - MKI and MKII models.

Note- Ruger started making chambers a bit looser after the MKII runs were complete.
Never knew there were that many differences. Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2021, 08:19 AM
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The biggest improvements of the MKII vs. the MKI:
1) 10 shot magazine vs. 9 shot.
2) Chamber can be cleared without needing to take the safety off.
3) Last shot hold open vs. counting rounds fired to avoid dry fire.
4) Spring retains the trigger pin vs. a (tiny) E-clip.
5) More barrel configurations to choose from.
6) Later builds were factory drilled & tapped for adding optics.
Never knew there were that many differences. Thanks.
Numbers 1) and 6) are pretty easily remedied.
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